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One of the crazy facts we heard while we were in Tennessee is that Nashville is within a one-day drive of 75% of the United States' population. That explains why business has thrived in this landlocked city and why so many touring musicians—both well-established and starting-out—have chosen Nashville as their home.
A one-day drive is also a good thing for shopping fiends (like us), because it puts us within reasonable-ish reach of the city's great vintage stores and mindblowing discount stores—such as United Apparel Liquidators (UAL).
When's the last time you picked up a Narciso Rodriguez top for $24.99? How about Miu Miu shoes and jeans for under $100 or Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses for $6.99? We've never walked into a discount store like UAL before—its rails are crammed with first-prototype Narciso pants, Balmain trousers, Balenciaga dresses, and labels including Giambattista Valli, Yigal Azrouel, Lanvin, Givenchy, and Prada.
Buyers at UAL pick up end-of-season stock from luxury stores including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey, and If New York and pass on the savings to customers in Nashville, New Orleans, Covington (Louisiana), and Hattiesburg (Mississippi) at way-steep discounts. Stock constantly rotates, and encompasses everything from super-high end labels to casualwear—when we were there, there was a whole wall of LNA tanks and tees for $5.99 and $9.99, respectively.
"When this store first opened, literally the entire store was stocked with Comme des Garcons," one Nashville native told us. The idea of it sort of takes our breath away.
· UAL [Official Site]